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to spend saturday burning chorans is getting pressure. as a way to stand up to the terrorists. his protests is putting millions of lives in danger. insight more violence and bloodshed overseas. we visited the military town of quantico today and in the shadow of the marine base there, residents and vets alike share the general fears. >> i'm sure there will. you know, because anything to insight somebody, especially in wartime, you know, you are just giving fuel to the fire. > that's what he is protesting against, and i don't think that this is going to help any of the families or any of the soldiers that are over there trying to keep us safe. >> it's insensitive to other people's religions. on the other hand, you know, only in america. you get first amendment rights. >> the florida pastor says he is within his right to burn the choran, despite these warnings,
he since received several death threats. religious leaders here in washington are keeping a close eye on the story and they don't like what they see. as alex reports, they are calling for an end to antimuslim bigotry. >> either because politically or religiously, they simply do not like muslims. >> the message, hatred against muslims will not be tolerated. >> religious leaders cannot stand by in silence. >> top christian, jewish, and islamic are standing by. it's his way to protest the 9/11 attacks and the plan to build a mosque near ground zero. >> we will not be controlled by their fear. we will not be dominated by them. >> this is not the real america and it never has been and it never should be. >> the majority of muslims are
law-abiding, are ethical, good people. >> the threat to hurt muslims resinate with many muslims. people who can identify with these extraordinarily difficult circumstances. >> we know what it is like when people have attacked us verbally, have attacked us physically, and others remained silent. >> rabbi says jews have been the essential victims of religious persecution and dediscrimination throughout history. the reality is, that we are neighbors of all different faiths. in northwest washington, alex, 9news now. >> several members of that group were scheduled to meet with attorney general, eric holder today to coordinate muslim outreach efforts with the obama administration. in about half an hour, residents get their chance to speak out, that is, about religious holiday displays in loudoun county. you may remember a subcommittee of the loudoun county board recommended banning all displays from the grounds of the county courthouse last winter. tonight's hearing begins at 6:30 in the county government
center. the board of supervisors is due to issue its ruling tomorrow. there's expected to be a lot of comment. the university of maryland is putting out a crime alert after five armed robberies in a two-week span. the first in the rash of robberies came august 27. then last night, there were two just five minutes apart. our scott broome spoke with one of the victims today. he joins us live from college park. scott, is there a feeling this is starting to escalate? >> with the gun being pointed at people last night, that's exactly what is happening. this happens north of campus that runs a couple blocks off campus to the north. two robberies in the space of just a few minutes and in both instances last night, the victims had guns pointed at their heads. >> incidents represent a brazen escalation. the series of at least four off campus robberies that plagued the neighborhoods around the university since students returned. last night's victims included a
terrified post graduate faculty assistant and his wife from china. the couple talked with me on the agreement they would not be identified. > one of the men put a gun on my head. >> this is almost -- so many robberies have happened so they should do something. >> the couple were attacked at about 10:30 last night. that was about ten minutes after another group of students was robbed along the hiker biker trail about a block away. both locations are about four blocks as the crow flies from campus, which has been a relative safety, no incidents reported there. police credit more than 300 surveillance cameras with preventing on campus crime. >> police are investigating the off campus incident on campus. university of maryland police are working on a crime prevention campaign targeted primarily at students who are new to campus. the victims told me last night they fear they might have been
targeted because they are from outside the country. reporting live in college park, scott broome, 9news now. >> the man who allegedly shot his exgirlfriend -- shot at his exgirlfriend in bethesda this morning has just surrendered to police in pennsylvania about 50 miles north of harrisburg. the shooting in a parking garage sent montgomery county police tactical team scrambling and forced two nearby schools to lock down and go to a code blue status. the exgirlfriend had taken out a protective order a few days ago after he threatened her and banged up her car. >> i walked outside to see what was going on and there were police officers armed with big rifles. >> what did they say? >> they said, ma'am, get back in your apartment. >> prince fired one shot at his exgirlfriend and missed. they say the woman is now in a safe place. 1900 blows went back to work today at the discovery channel headquarters. it was the first day back since
a gunman took three people hostage at the building last wednesday. police shot and killed that man. the hostages were not hurt. a spokeswoman with discovery says they have since beefed up security. summer vacation ended today for a dozen school districts in northern virginia. including the largest fairfax county. 9news now spent the morning at james madison high in vienna and caught the opening bell. >> good morning, madison. students, faculty, and staff, good morning and welcome back. >> how you feeling? first day of school? >> fired. i'm just waking up. >> a little bit nervous, but excited. >> i'm really excited so' all any friends i haven't seen over the summer. >> i'm happy to have the man of the house back learning. >> some new fees you need to know about, parent wills have to pay $75 if they want their child to take an advanced placement or international test. athletes will have to pay $100 per sport to play. the president is ready to
hit the road to boost the national economy. a preview of his new plan is coming up. but first, the work may be finished, but the delays, they are still lingering. why red line trains are moving slowly this week. that's next. topper. >> i have to tell you, it's hot out here, but it's comfortable. the high was 94, low 69. we'll take you out with current temperatures. many areas are in the low 90s. a couple 80s showing up now. we'll come back and talk about a cold front that rolls through tonight. we'll tell you what that means for your morning commute.
back now with the commuter alert about that work on the red line that was going on this weekend. crews closed five stations between takoma. everything reopened on time this morning like it was supposed to. but now, metro says trains are going to be running at reduced speeds throughout the rest of the week to help them add
adjust to the new track. >> let's get a check of the rush hour. >> that's right, it's back to work tuesday for a lot of folks out there and you can see the west side of the beltway still problematic out there. let's take our live shot and see how things are moving or crawling along from gallos all the way to the 270 spur. very slow going. as we switch on over to our camera, a lot of traffic in georgetown. busy from arlington into georgetown. big events in town. the nats playing tonight in town and lady gaga. so a busy night. take metro if you can. thanks. still ahead, fire and flooding. we'll have an update on that wild fire in colorado and tropical storm hermine. but first, a preview of tonight's cbs evening news. a florida pastor plans to burn copies of the choran on september 11, but the top u.s. commander says that could
endanger u.s. troops. we'll talk to the reverend behind the idea. that's tonight only on the cbs evening news.
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melt to sleep fast. unisom sleep melts. back now with a check on neighborhood news where you live. fans of course are getting geared up for this weekend's redskins season opener against the cowboys. and prince georges county executive, zach johnson is challenging the mayor of arlington, texas, to a friendly wager before this game. it's one of the stories on the upper marlboro page in a new section on this is the blue box. you find it in the middle of our home page. you choose our area, find stories and contribute your own. this is all new at >> well, lots of us are used to seeing this at the top of the page when we log on to google. today the search engine's header looked different. very different. if you logged on, you saw this scatter of dots that fled from your mouse and eventually regrouped to form the google logo. the website is known for having
creative logos on certain occasions, but so far, no official word on what the deal is here. there is speculation it might be part of google's birthday celebration this week or an exercise in something called html5, what's expected to be the next step in web programming. we'll let you know when we find out. the economy is the top concern on voters minds as we head into the congressional campaign season. president barack obama is ready to unveil a plan he says is going to help. joel brown is live at the white house with more on this plan designed to boost business and reduce unemployment. joel, good evening. >> good evening, anita. the president prescribing $200 billion shot in the arm to get companies off the sidelines and back to spending again. a move that polls suggest has as much to do with the elections as it does with the economy. >> president obama's betting on big new tax breaks. in a move to get businesses
hiring again, the white house proposes $200 billion in tax breaks spread over two years. it would let companies deduct the full cost of new investments in building plans and biding equipment. the president is hoping it will mean new hiring in a drop in unemployment. >> i'm going to keep fighting every single day. every single hour. every single minute to turn this economy around. >> with midterm elections looming and democratic control of congress on the line, the president needs to reassure skeptical voters about his economic plans. but the white house insists politics isn't fueling the new proposals. >> the president isn't here to solve the nation's problems on a political counter. he is here to solve the nation's problems as they exist. >> but the political calendar won't make it easy to get the president's tax breaks passed on capitol hill. election season means republicans are in no mood to
compromise. >> blasted the president's plan. john says excessive government spending is what is weighing down the economy. and republicans call the president's proposal monday to boost spending for infrastructure projects more of the wrong medicine. in the run up to november, both sides know this election will turn on the economy and who voters trust more to fix it. >> so the president will outline his new economic agenda tomorrow in a speech from cleveland. the same city where just two weeks ago, john boehner urged the president to fire his top economic advisers. we're live at the white house, i'm joel brown, 9news now. nearly 3,000 people are hoping their homes will be spared by this wild fire in colorado. they were evacuated from the mountains just west of boulder. so far, about 3500 acres of land and dozens of homes have burned. but no one has been hurt. the cause of the fire is still being investigated.
in north eastern mexico and texas, folks getting ready for tropical storm hermine. the storm is dropping heavy rain, but it's losing steam as it comes ashore. for the latest on the track, we go right to topper shut. the man in the know. >> yes, about 60 miles west, southwest of austin and that's the big threat now is rain. probably won't be a tropical storm a lot longer as it pushes into central texas and eventually into oklahoma. eventually into kansas. that's a big deal there. by the way, the old farmer's almanac has been the least and we will have janice stillman here at 5:15 for the winter outlook. it's interesting. that's all i'm going to say. i hope i'm right. the next three days out of the gate. warm tomorrow behind the front, but not humid. a little breezy. i suppose like i say, windy. upper 80s. upper 70s on thursday and friday. just nice. really a couple of nice days. a nice way to end the week. we'll break down tomorrow. a few clouds in the morning. 7:00, low 70s. i think it will be dry for the
morning commute. there could be a shower between midnight and dawn. by lunchtime, breezy, temperatures in the low 80s and by evening, breezy to windy, but sunny. temperatures in the upper 80s. a fantastic afternoon. temperatures are falling now a little bit after a high of 94. 91 downtown. 89 at andrews. 89 up in the baltimore, still not 91 in manassas and leesburg. look at the difference. 91 in cumberland. you go over savage mountain. that divide makes quite a difference. partly cloudy and mild. could see a late shower or thunderstorm between midnight and about dawn. lows 56 to 72. great for the baseball game tonight. winds southwest at 10 to 15. now lows kind of on the cust, turning the ac back on. 70 downtown. inside the beltway around 70, but in the 60s still. fairly comfortable. not as cool as it was over the weekend. we needed sweaters over the weekend. 67 tonight in rockville. 66 in college park.
67 in bowie. out to the west, plenty of 60s in fairfax and reston and sterling and 66 in leesburg. we were kind of teased with that little hint of fall over the weekend. becoming partly cloudy. 60s and 70s. winds southwest at 10 to 15. by afternoon, a beautiful day. mostly sunny, breezy. very warm. almost hot, but not humid. high temperatures in the upper 80s and winds will increase northwest at 10 to 20 and gusty. here is what is left of hermine. she is really not that mean actually, but a ton of rain through houston is now pulling up toward dallas and eventually toward austin and eventually toward oklahoma and kansas. so that's where reston hermine is going to go. not affect us at all. we have a cold front off to the west. we have a few passing clouds, but after midnight and before dawn, shower is possible. next seven days, upper 80s tomorrow. a few clouds to start. a beautiful day. upper 70s thursday and friday. great way to finish the week.
clouds come in late saturday, but the day is fine and yes, we have a lot of showers and thunderstorms on thursday. only about 80 for a high. mid 80s as we get into next week and beautiful day next tuesday. >> and speaking of that redskins game, trade rumors are heating up. >> albert haynesworth. a lot of people are hesitant. you are crossing your fingers he does get thrown out of town. he paid so much money already, i say don't let that bog you down. the classic case of addition by subtraction. are they better off by big al with somebody else's headache? plus, maryland's new athletic director makes a promise on day one and tiger's rider cup verdict. 9sports has it next. chevy chase bank is becoming capital one bank.
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too much. [ crowd cheering ] [ grunts ] [ garth ] capital one bank. now with the most branches and atms in the dc area. what's in your wallet? now with the most branches and atms in the dc area. he never apologized for giving control of $82 million in city contracts to his frat brothers. no apology for his secret trips and missed appearances, for record-high unemployment and overspending the budget. and no apology for what the washington post calls "silly fights with the d.c. council," "unnecessary government secrecy," "shutting out community voices." we're sorry, mayor fenty -- some things you just can't forgive. there's something you never hear vince gray talk about: his record running dc's department of human services. why? under gray, dhs lost out on millions of federal dollars for missing paperwork; lost money for the homeless;
even lost track of foster children. a court ordered gray's department to improve child services. gray's not a bad guy but he was a bad manager. do we want to go back to that? it's time for 9sports with brett haber, the best sports in town. >> you must really dislike a guy if you have just given him $21 million of your money and you still want to get rid of him. apparently that is how sick and tired of albert haynesworth has become. multiple sources reporting tonight that the redskins have contacted big al's former team, the tennessee titans about trading him back there. apparently the titans would welcome haynesworth back. why we don't know, but the redskins are asking for two draft picks in return and tennessee reportedly feels that is too steep of a price to pay. donovan mcnabb said the
redskins need the big al. >> we can't win without albert. he plays a major part on our defense and everyone knows that. it's unfortunate of what's been going on and how everything is transpired. but that's the game of football and i think he'll handle it the right way. >> redskins releasing their depth chart today. a second string nose tackle. santana moss are the starting receivers. anthony armstrong and roy dell williams are the second string, devon thomas demoted down to the third string. of all the maryland fans who were psyched, athletic director may be the most psyched. a, because there's nothing like getting a win on your first day of the job and anderson comes from army and you know how army guys love beating navy. following 16 years under -- he becomes the first african american ad and made his number one priority crystal clear. winning with integrity. >> we can compete to win,
because the university of maryland does not finish second. we finish first in everything we do. and i stress our ultimate goal is to provide productive citizens for our country. >> here here. meanwhile, over at virginia tech last night's heartbreaking loss to boise state. here is the res of it. >> here's your u.s.a. today top 25 coaches poll presented by sprint. the now network. >> kept its hopes alive. can we still call them an under dog? alabama maintains the top spot in the poll while the broncos leap forward and take over number three. oregon cracks the top ten for the first time this season. the hokies fell to number 13 after the loss on labor day. lsu remains at 16, against a north carolina team that was dealing with major expansion. and welcome to the top 20 to
fsu and georgia after both schools -- and rounding out the top 25, the mountaineers of west virginia moved up to number 22 while three other teems move into the top 25 for the first time. arizona, byu, and south carolina. >> and that's your u.s.a. today top 25 coaches poll presented by sprint. the now network. on to baseball, the nats play the mets again tonight and surprisingly, morgan is in the lineup. major league baseball was scheduled to rule this afternoon on the appeals that morgan filed on his suspensions. 9sports learned those hearings have been delayed. the players union, which is representing morgan in those hearings requested more time to mount a defense for the national center fielder. he has been suspended 15 games for a variety of on field misconduct, most notably, the brawl he started with the marlins last wednesday. a ruling expected thursday and friday. a big debut, 28-year-old fire
balling cuban defector, mia will make his debut for the nats. the best pitcher in the major leagues last year with an e.r.a. just over 2. jim gray was right afterall. corey did pick tiger woods for the u.s. rider team cup. zach johnson, and the rookie, rickie selected as well. kind of hard to keep tiger off the team, even as bad of a season as he's having. >> he would have been secured if he kept tiger off the team. >> he made jim gray look like a dumb dumb for saying he had that breaking news. wasn't so dumb dumb afterall. >> all right. seven day; ready? >> the cold front goes through tonight. you're not going to notice it, because it will be 87. a few clouds to start. maybe a shower between midnight tonight and dawn tomorrow. then that's it. the cool air comes in. upper 7 0áz on thursday and friday. weekend, okay on saturday, redskin game, we could still
have left over showers, maybe a thunderstorm. >> good day to watch football. >> redskins football doesn't mind playing in the slop and the mess. that's riggins type of -- >> that is. >> good stuff. that's all for #news now at 6:00. stay with us for the cbs evening news with katie couric. at 7:00, derek is back with our only local newscast at 7:00. i'll be back at 11:00. good night. >> couric: tonight, a florida